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to disrupt the holidays. >>> the gun control debate heats up in the wake of the sandy hook shooting. gun rights advocates push back to restrict firearm sales. >> it's not going the make any kid safer. we've got to get to the real problem, the real causes, and that's what the nra is trying to do. >>> and thousands raise their voice in celebration of the holiday season. ♪ captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday december 24th 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm duarte geraldino. we begin with a major storm that promises a white but treacherous christmas for parts of the midwest and northeast. the storm is expected to get stronger as it heads east. winter weather alerts and advisories are posted from texas to indiana. all this during one of the busiest travel days of the year. jeff berardelli at our yamtmiami station has more. >> well, this is shaping up to be a very stormy week across the united states. now, the good news is during the day today at least it should be fairly quiet. there'll be a small storm in the eastern part o
was watching president obama and chris christie there at hurricane sandy. it was -- pivotal political moment this year. most memorable scene and for a country looking for people who can work together across party lines it was a new symbol. >> and ruinous for whom? >> i don't think it's ruinous for christie at all. >> no, no. not christie. ruin the romney. >> oh for sure. >> romney was nowhere to be seen and he had been -- he had the big mo going in. best political theater u. n. ambassador susan rice spinning the benghazi attack. she ended the soap opera with letter withdrawing from her petition for the united states. >> that's the worst? worst is my friend clint eastwood. in the empty chair. >> now wait a minute. >> brought it out -- >> a lot of people liked that. >> it was okay -- i mean it was interesting. >> not good -- >> it blotted out all the film of the great things mitt had done. >> eleanor? >> that's right. okay worst political theater i'm more serious. the senate republicans voting down the u. n. treaty on people with disabilities after senator bob dole made an appearance pleading
after a storm as devastating as hurricane sandy. and it's important to understand -- i think that many things have whopped the ability of the states and local communities to deal with some of the effects of this. that is why the sandy emergency supplemental is before us attached to h.r. 1 and why we will be voting on that, i assume, tomorrow. there are two versions before us. one is the senate democrats emergency supplemental proposal. that totals $60.4 billion. it includes nearly $13 billion in mitigation funding. now, that goes for the next storm, not this storm. $3.46 billion for army corps of engineers, $500 million of which are projects from previous disasters, $3 billion to rare or replace federal assets that do not fall in the category of emergency need, $56 million for tsunami cleanup on the west coast, which, of course, does not relate to sandy, and a lot of new authorizing language for reform of disaster relief programs which i would support through the regular process. but without having gone through the authorizing committee, i don't think that's a good idea. our proposed a
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after hurricane sandy, but some of that pain has been eased by a relief project called train of hope led by a group of folks who know firsthand what a big difference a helping hand can make. nbc's michelle franzen has more. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby swidell hard hit by katrina are on a mission organizing and packing up pallets of diapers, shoes, and blankets. the second run of donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents and firefighters here paying it forward. >> specifically we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies, this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys all bound for sandy's smallest victims. >> reporter: 30 hours later the train rolls into newark, new jersey's penn station. 27 pallets in all, half the toys go to the marine's toys for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155 ladder 78 in staten island. >> our own version of the polar express. >> reporter: children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake get to pick ou
senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at 3:00 p.m. eastern in the oval office. senate in recess until 2:00 p.m. eastern when the senate reconveneses, live coverage here on c-span2. >>> and right now on c-span2 a conversation with nebraska senator ben nelson who is retiring after two terms. >>> retiring senator nebraska ben tell me sop. years that began with the 2003 recount and reended with re-election of president obama. if you could think of the adjective to describe these years what would it be? >> clearly interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. but also full of opportunities for the country. there was some good times during the twelve years laced together with some that weren't so good. 9/11, the anthrax scare. there were positive things as well, the election of president obama, i thought it was a positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way that we
of my childhood no longer exist. >> after sandy ravaged the jersey shore days prior to the election, the nations of governor chris christie, a romney supporter, buddying up to president obama. >> when you know you have a responsibility to those folks, you could give a dam about the politics of things. i could care less today. >> what is chris christie's political future? >> re-election looks quite probable, to the point where the mayor of newark, seen as his principal opponent, has decided to look in other venues to pursue his own political future. he record the highest favorable job rating ever found in any governor of new jersey in its history after his handling of sandy. >> that that natural disaster and the reaction of governor christie and the reaching out to the president -- did that help president obama? >> it certainly did. i do not think it was decisive. if the election had been held a week earlier, you look at the polls on that day, but it was a lot closer. i think obama would have won, but it would not have been an electoral landslide. i think his 2.8% advantage in the po
the sandy hook shooting, the two radio hosts got serious and started taking calls from people trying to deal with the tragedy. >> we like to call it a town hall meeting held in a frat house. friday was strange. we went from in the morning doing one of the most happy, upbeat, fun shows of the year. >> next year's going to be even better. >> to in the afternoon doing the saddest show of our careers. >> he was one of the first responders to the scene. how are you? >> i'm doing okay. >> never in your life could you imagine you'd pull up to a scene so horrific? >> absolutely not. there's certain things that people just shouldn't see. >> every moment it was getting worse and worse, we couldn't help but feel, okay, did we reach the bottom? >> my sister's behavioral therapist, sandy hook elementary. >> is that right? is she okay? >> we don't know. we haven't heard from her. >> how long ago did she start there? >> it's her second week there. >> she's probably very busy right now. >> absolutely. she's probably will be very terrified when she gets home, but right now her priority is her children. >> mo
mobile app. >>> he considers it a call of duty after the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary school. a father and former marine decided to do what he could to keep his kids' school safe. he now spends his days standing guard outside the entrance. >> i'm doing this because we need hope, man. if you're able and capable of doing something, you have the responsibility to act. >> he made me feel good just to know that he stood up and did something to make us all feel better today. >> former marine, a dad, doing what's right, doing his duty. >>> hello, everyone. don lemon here, top of the hour. you're in the cnn "newsroom." >>> a senior navy s.e.a.l. officer dead in afghanistan. commander job w. price, leader of s.e.a.l. team 4 was found dead yesterday by members of his unit. the initial conclusion is that price committed suicide. the navy's investigating. stay with cnn for more details from our pentagon correspondent in just a minute. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft
are down a bit. many experts saying superstorm sandy slowed sales and now all of the talk about a fiscal cliff of course is making customers nervous. still sales this holiday season on track to top $586 billion. that is a lot of stuff to be purchased. live in alexandria, virginia, melissa mollet, news4. back to you. happy shopping if you head out today. >> thank you. we'll need the good luck. thanks, melissa. >>. >> here's a christmas present for you. the redskins are officially on a role. the skins took on the eagles and rg3 missed last week's game with the knee injury. didn't have trouble throwing for two touchdowns. in was defense that made the difference making a stop with less than ten seconds left in the game. this win puts the redskins at 9-6 on the season leading nfc east with a chance to clinch the division next week against the cowboys. if the redskins win, they take the division. if the cowboys win, they capture the title. the two square off sunday nit right here on nbc 4. 8:20 is your kickoff. a lot of folks will be sort of trying to get into the new year with a big win from
of deep discounts and serious sales have stores hoping to reel customers in. experts say superstorm sandy slowed sales and talk of a fiscal cliff make shoppers nervous. sales expected on track to top $586 billion. can you believe that? that's a lot of cash. we're expecting lots of folks here later today. live in alexandria, melissa mollet, news4. back to you. >> thank you. >>> 6:06 right now. a longtime republican senator is apologizing for a drunk driving arrest. police in alexandria arrested idaho senator michael crapo early yesterday morning. officers pulled him over for running a red light. he failed a field sobriety test. blood alcohol content .11 above the legal limit in virginia. crapo is mormon and says he made a mistake and accepts responsibility for what happened. he's due in court next month. >>> just days after the nra's comments on the deadly sandy hook shooting sparked controversy, the debate over gun control in this country is in high gear. yesterday a small but vocal group of people demonstrated outside a gun shop in falls church. the group called for a ban on assault styl
the thousands of the items honoring the sandy hook school shooting victims. the flowers, the signs, the teddy bears and the tributes will become part of a sacred memorial. we'll tell you about that. >>> also, i'll talk with a congressman who wants to use the national rifle association against itself on gun reform. if there is a disconnect between nra members and the nra leadership. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gi of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. it's lots of things. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors will talk to stoplights about traffic efficiency. the ambulance will talk to patient records will talk to doctors about saving lives. it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. the next big thing? we're going to wake the world up. ♪ and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts h
with a simple idea posted to twitter. what if we could honor the 26 lives lost at sandy hook elementary with small acts of kindness, leaving a stranger an unexpected tweak or inspirational message or a way to keep warm. >> i've always made quilts. i thought, wouldn't it be nice to make quilt, one for each child. and then donate them. >> reporter: using the #26acts, people began sharing their kindness kin kindness on social media and it has become a massive wave reaching to the halls of congress. >> i think america was looking for ways to demonstrate their grief, caring, empathy. >> reporter: to the other side of the world. >> i thought, if this makes someone smile, that's a pretty good thing. >> reporter: as more and more people shared their good deeds online, they inspired others. teachers inspired their students. in rhode island, they are collecting food and books for underprivilege. >> they by far exceeded anything i could have expected. >> reporter: after giving hand warmers to her bus driver, stephanie challenged her co-workers to do something, too. now, the drivers at chicago's w
the highest favorable job rating ever found in any governor of new jersey after his handling of sandy. >> did that natural disaster and the reaction of governor christie and the reaching out to the president -- did that help president obama? >> it certainly did. i do not think it was decisive. if the election had been held a week earlier and you look at the polls, and to was a lot closer. i think obama would have won, but it would not have been an electoral landslide. i think his 2.8% advantage in the popular vote probably would have been a pointless. people ask how important obama's reaction, handling of sandy was, 9% said it was the most important issue. i think 18% said it was one of the most important issues. a very high number. if you look at the trajectory of the polls, it clearly had an effect, but i do not think it was a decisive effect. i think the roots of the defeat of romney were a lot deeper than that. >> chris christie is a harbinger of the future in a sense. he is an imperfect messenger because he has a weight problem and a little bit too much of a mouth on him, but set into th
hearts and prayer goes out to family of the troops that are serving and most to the victims of sandy hook. i'm certain their families are missing them very much. the sweet, precious babies. angels passed on to a better place. we have won't forget them. we want to say thank you for joining us "the five" today. thank you for watching. we want to wish you all a very merry christmas. and merry christmas to the troops as well. have a great night, everyone. >> bob: merry christmas. ♪ ♪ >> doug: chilling details just revealed in the christmas eve ambush that left two volunteer firefighters dead. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> doug: good evening. i'm doug mckelway in for bret baier. policemen are piecing together what led a gunman to set his home on fire to lure the first responders. he killed two of them and injured two others. correspondent david lee miller is live with breaking details including news the shooter left a note. good evening, david. >> reporter: doug, up until now there was only speculation to what the gunman william spangler was thinking when he took the lives o
weiss was thanked by his congregation for helping so many people through the horror of the sandy hook elementary school shootings. tonight we're noticing something very positive across the country in response to this story. here's mark greenblatt. >> reporter: an overwhelming river of giving now flows freely through the newtown post office. some send prayers, others much needed support. all the way from idaho, washington, and far beyond. >> i think i saw brazil, australia, anybody in newtown needs a hug. amazing. >> reporter: in the town hall, a mountain of donated toys is piling up just in time for christmas. even hurricane sandy victims are giving hundreds of teddy bears. >> basically we had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward and try to help somebody else. >> reporter: newtown wants others to pay it forward now in honor of the victims. from a secret santa in pennsylvania to new jersey, where kristin albright went shopping for ingredients to bake christmas cookies, only to find a target gift card hidden in her cart with a note asking her to pay it forward in honor of sandy hoo
days since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. we get more now from nbc's john yang. >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache, empty stockings hung as reminders of loss, now filled with gifts. first responders from surrounding communities gave their time so the town's police could spend the day with their families. >> just the right thing today. it's why we're here. something needs to be done, glad to be here. >> it's a pleasure to help them out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, i just think that you probably couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area where hundreds are still without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers tried to deliver some holiday spirit. >> every table is labeled. >> reporter: handing out food, toys and blankets at relief centers. >> i think what's important is for people to come out and help people. you can't put a price on that and you can't buy that either. >> reporter: in places spared the direct impact of tragedy, americans mark the day in their own ways, while ke
for millions of americans. the postal service could go bankrupt and hurricane sandy relief could be stalled. so what needs to happen for congress to wake up? "outfront" tonight -- welcome. >> first for you, the fiscal cliff, the world's most predictable political problem. this is the cover of "the washington post" the day after the election saying time to deal with the debt. everybody knows it. that was the whole idea, right? this was the big plan. election year is too divisive to get anything done. just kick the lame duck. so what happened? why can't congress find a way to work together, even with a gun at their head? >> because they don't get along. i think it may have been naive of some of us to think that the election was going to be the magic formula and they would play well in the sand box after the election. what's it going to take? i think it's going to take for us to go off the cliff and the american public demanding action. i think we're going to see that over and over again. it's going to be the american public demanding action on gun control. it's going to be the american public dem
for sandy, that's part of the discretionary spending. >> and part of this is a snowball, right, so the cuts take place, they have their effect but they dampen consumer confidence. >> that's right. >> people are less confident, they spend less and hurts the economy more. >> if you look at what happened last year with the debt wrangling in august of 2011, consumer confidence dipped 30% and that was without the worry over tax hikes. >> even if it's not clear exactly what's going to happen in the fiscal cliff i'm hearing from retailers, they're saying we're feeling this. holiday sales were dampened by it, what happened next year as far as business hiring could be dampened as well. >> retail stocks are down. the stock market has been jittery and business is extremely worried. >> any silver lining at all? some good news? >> one silver lining if we go over the cliff it's possible that will create a political reset that will change the terms of debate and really focus things and get a deal done fingers crossed. >> part of that deal also another thing i hear from businesses
of the elementary school. >> officer leonard penna led two others into sandy hook elementary school minutes after the call went out. >> when i saw that officer penna had a rifle kind of told him, you're in front, buddy. and the heroism that he displayed just to get in front of us -- >> the gun powder smoke in there is nothing that i ever want to smell again because it was just overwhelming overwhelming. >> what were you hearing at that point? >> silence. normally there's noise. >> the quiet was deafening. every second seemed like an hour. i've never experienced fear like that ever. i mean it was free falling almost. >> the officers made their way through the kitchen and into the lobby. >> that's when my world came crashing in on me because i saw the victims there, and i knew there was -- this wasn't a joke. this wasn't -- this was real and we had somebody that was murdering people in there. we knew that we couldn't help them because they were beyond that. you just want it to be fake. your mind keeps telling you that this is not real. >> what's been the hardest part of this for s
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are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditional latin wish for peace and blessed thousands of worshippers during midnight mass at st. peter's basilica. >>> christmas day weather. the threat of tornadoes, unfortunately, on this holiday. louisiana, alabama, mississippi, they could have a rough few hours ahead and heavy snow in oklahoma and morning fog in atlanta and tallahassee. >> you need to bundle up if you're in the upper midwest. fargo will be like 35 below. yeah, maybe even put on an extra little christmas log there. omaha in the mid-teens and mid-40s in baltimore and new york. pleasant 80 and flip-flops in miami. >> always jealous of miami this time of year. >>> if you can't believe this, there really actually is a santa claus. he looks the part, acts the part and now living the part year round. the former frank pazuzzi has changed his name. it is even print
in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> enough is enough now. becoming a little bit too much. >> reporter: in the suburbs of new york city, where they're still struggling in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. by windy night, the heavy snow in connecticut reduced visibility and blanket the roads. >> frustrating, especially going down the hills. >> reporter: a similar scene in massachusetts, where drivers are taking it extra slow. the snow is causing headaches at the airports, over 7,000 flights stranded. and in the northeast, the weather system pounded parts of the midwest and spawn iing 46 tornadoes in the south including this one caught on a surveillance tape at a walgreens in ohio. >>> in kentucky, authorities were on the scene in dozens of accidents. in arkansas, thousands were left without power after the snow dumped 15 inches in part of the state. little rock saw its snowiest christmas ever. >> beautiful here but it is just too cold and the power is out and i don't like it when the power is out. >> i'm from iowa originally. i moved here about 30 years ago to get way from this. >> repo
melting of the arctic to superstorm sandy to the massive typhoon in the philippines. 2012 will also be remembered for a series of mass shootings from aurora, arata, to the sikh temple, to be shooting in newtown, conn.. the case around trayvon martin sparked national protest after officials refused to arrest george zimmerman. president obama continues his secret drone wars. we spend the hour looking back at the moment and movements that shaped 2012. >> democratic congresswoman gabrielle giffords has announced she will step down this week. she was shot in the head last year in a shooting spree that left six people dead in tucson. >> thank you for your prayers and for giving me the time to recover. i have more work to do on my recovery, so i will do what is best for arizona. i will step down this week. >> iraqis are voicing outrage over the sentencing of the last marines charged in the 2005 massacre of 25 civilians. on tuesday, frank woodrich received no jail time. >> i was expecting the american courts would sentence the person to life in prison. he should appear and confessed to the
in the recovery effort as super storm sandy struck the east coast. cuomo issued a statement part of which reads quote: we as a community mourn they're loss as two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones. david lee miller in our new york city newsroom with more on this. david lee, what more do we know about the gunman at this hour. >> william spangler was an ex-con. he beat his own grandmother to death back in 19 0. at the time he was charged with second degree murder but he pled to manslaughter. he was released from prison in 1998. until six years ago he was on parole. the local police chief said today that spangler's criminal past raises serious questions about how he obtained firearms. >> spangler was a convicted felon so it doesn't -- you know, he is not allowed to possess weapons. so, you know, did he legally possess those weapons? no. we have had all kinds of weapons larcenies in town and around the county and in wayne county as of late so i don't know where those weapons came from but we are certainly going to find out. >> there is still no known motive for the ram
message. >> it is the same but we live it in a way . christmas snuck up on me this year. with sandy and the newtown tragedy. they say it doesn't feel like christmas because i have gone through all of these things. imagine what christmas morning felt like for mare yejoseph it was not just perfect. it is not just family and happiness. it is about redemption . there are people sitting at home alone without family. you can live christmas better than the rest of us . people who are suffering right now and might be able to connect with god in a very, very personal intimate way better than the rest of us. the message is the same but we can live it different and better: we mentioned some people do the birthday cake and advept wreth and you have a great tradition that your father started with you. >> two things. one of the things my dad would make united states go before the mange scene and meet us in a prayer. one minute. it doesn't take long. it make it is an indel mate mark on the children and my heart . the second thing, we almost had somebody who didn't fit around the christmas table an
'll bring to justice whoever committed these murders. >> all of the effects of hurricane sandy already. >> sandy's carved a path of destruction across all along the ooirn seaboard. we can't fully secure the crane until the wind dies down. >> oh, my god. is there another story on this? gangnam style. >> honey boo boo. >> the shutting rolling down the streets of l.a. >> 1kw4r50i6r7b david petr gene >> syria has gone on for 20 -- >> these redline warnings talk? >> cnn projects barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. >> 20 children dead. six adults are also dead. >> so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the words of -- heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a de
. kelly: we do. jamie: a new tribute to the victims of the sandy hook school shooting. we can't do enough to let them know we care. a community far from connecticut got together to honor those killed. that story is on its way ♪ kelly: britain's royal family is celebrating the christmas holiday. most of the family attending church services in london with a few exceptions, dawning a turquois coat and matching hat, queen elizabeth the ii arrived at the church early this morning with most of the royal family. the queen also delivering her yearly message to great britain and the commonwealth, this year in three defor the first time. reminding people to keep soldiers, first-responders and their families in their hearts on christmas. >> for many christmas is also a time for coming together but for others service will come first. those serving in our armed forces, in our emergency services, and in our hospitals whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends will be missing those they love. and those who have lost loved ones may find this day especially full of memories. that's why
and killed 20 children and six adults at sandy hook elementary school. yesterday a bus carrying hundreds of homemade cards collected from around the state arrived in town. organizers said they want the victims' families to know they are not alone. >>> christmas celebrations are underway around the world this morning. here in new york, thousands packed st. patrick's cathedral for a midnight mass. >>> overseas, a similar scene in bethlehem where the faithful gathered in the town where tradition says jesus was born. manger square was packed with lights and decorations. at the vatican, pope benedict delivers his annual christmas day message. earlier he presided over a mass at st. peter's basilica, prayed for peace in the middle east, and talked about the need for god in a technology-driven world. we have this report. ♪ >> reporter: thousands of faithful packed st. peter's basilica as pope benedict celebrated christmas eve mass. a children's choir sang the traditional hymns, and bells tolled to mark the birthday of jesus. the pope urged followers to find room for god in a modern world fille
of the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. he sticks by his statement where he says the tragedy could have been prevented if every school has armed guards. >> it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> he sat down with "meet the press" david gregory yesterday and the first time he's taken questions. many called the comments out of touch. the shooting at sandy hook sparked a new debate on gun control after a man shot 20 children and six adults ten days ago. that debate was evident throughout the washington area over the weekend. a small but vocal group of gun control advocates showed up outside a gun shop in falls church calling for a ban on assault style weapons and ammunition and more funding for mental health programs. the nra's push to put armed guards in schools across the country has people talking. >> i actually would not have felt safer. i think i would have felt mo
killed at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. as the debate over how to prevent tragedies like what happened in newtown connecticut continues. the national rifle association made it clear that they will not back gun laws. for more on the story we go now to elizabeth corridan. >> reporter: the sunday morning talk shows hosted heated debates over gun control. >> "the fact that something is misused, whether it's a baseball bat or the mass killing in a chinese school with an axe and a knife, doesn't mean that you ban baseball bats, axes and knives or guns." >> "but it's obviously also true that the easy availability of guns including military style assault weapons is a contributing factor, and you can't keep that off the table." >> reporter: politicians and activists went toe-to-toe on solutions that could prevent a tragedy like the shooting at sandy hook elementary. the n-r-a c-e-o is not budging from the stance he took on friday, arguing for armed guards in schools. >> "if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call m
of hot water for making nice with president obama in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> 2.8 million people without power. i've watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today, really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. you know, you see sights like the seaside heights board walk where the program "the jersey shore" is filmed, the boardwalk is gone. it is gone. music rides, roller coaster ride, in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> you've taken charge, as you've always done in these situations, in a very impressive way. people have been surprised you've been so outspokenly supportive and praiseworthy to the president. i'm not surprised knowing you but explain to me why you were happy to do that so close to an election when some might say politically that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than any election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people in my state when the president does this evenings that deserve praise, i will
in one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> this is unspeakable what happened in this town. >> innocent children shot dead in their classrooms. the victims, 16 6-year-olds, 4 7-year-olds with 6 adults. >> emilie's laughter was infectious and all those who had a pleasure to meet her would agree this world is a better place because she's been in it. >> in newtown, connecticut, an outpouring of kindness and compassion, while a nation faced hard questions about mental health and guns. as the president issued an emotional call for action. >> for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. >>> well, also this hour, keeping an eye on a south american volcano. there is a red alert as it is called. but people are not evacuating. we'll ask an expert why and what we can expect from this. initiated. neural speeds increasing to 4g lte. brain upgrading to a quad-core processor. predictive intelligence with google now complete. introducing droid dna
ten days after the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> brown: then, we turn to egypt, and accusations of voting fraud in the referendum for a new constitution. we talk with opposition leader mohamed el-baradei. consider a sad day in my view for it is going to institutionalize -- >> ifill: the legal showdown between california health center that discusses marijuana and >> ifill: we have the story of a legal showdown between a california health center that dispenses marijuana and federal authorities. >> just people feel safe coming here. like going to your neighborhood cvs or anywhere else. >> brown: open season in congress look >> brown: seven weeks after election day, there are open seats in congress. we look at contests in three senate races. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro profiles a priest who became a doctor to help haiti's poor and orphaned children. >> brown: and we close with a conversation with the editor of a new anthology of verse: 100 poems written over 100 years. >> it doesn't have poetry. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour
if not millions of americans. indeed we saw with hurricane sandy what happens when a major piece of critical infrastructure like your electricity grid goes down for a prolonged period. and our cyber infrastructure, our cyber networks, are ripe for those types of attacks. >> reporter: janet napolitano by the way is a member of the council on foreign relations. this attack was apparently detected relatively quickly but, jon, it may underscore the vulnerability a lot of computer networks face in this country. jon: well, so the website is working and it was, as you say, it was discovered fairly early. how does it work? what did they do? what did they accomplish? >> reporter: you described this as a drive-by attack. the idea wasn't really so much to target the website so much as the people that use it. we talk about high-profile membership within the council on foreign relations. you're talking about former presidents. even current defense and intelligence officials that mavis it this site on a regular basis the idea here for hackers was to kind of get into this website and then get into the syst
212-- 20 first graders and six staff members were killed at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> the question then becomes, you know, whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here. that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes. where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and drifts away. it certainly won't feel like that to me. this is something that that was the fertion worst day of my presidency, an it's not something i want to see repeated. >> in california for nearly 20 years a person convicted of breaking three law, no matter how minor would be sent to prison for life. no exceptions. john blackstone tonight reports on the young people who saw injustice in the three strikes law and set out to change it. >> reporter: at standford law school michael romano and his students don't just study justice, they go in search of it. seeking to free those who because of california's three strikes law are serving life sentences for minor crimes. >> his third strike was shoplifting a pair of gloves and a spool of wire from hom
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